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3 Classy Souvenirs to Really Impress Your Loved Ones!

Finding the perfect souvenir for your family and friends is a hard decision to make. There are many things you can give them ranging from food, handicrafts and even clothing. However, have you ever thought of which souvenir your family and friends would really appreciate? If you’re planning a trip to Japan and would like…

Magnificent Himeji Castle, An Absolute Guide of all Must-See Highlights

As the largest, most often visited and one of the Japan’s oldest surviving castles, Himeji Castle dates back to 1333. Originally built as a fort by Akamatsu Norimura and later transformed into a castle two centuries later in Himeji City, Hyogo, the “White Heron Castle” as Himeji is also known as, is a World Heritage…

Discover Kumamoto Castle – Designed Specifically to Deter Ninjas!

No trip to Kumamoto is complete without a visit to Kumamoto Castle – on TripAdvisor it is ranked as the number one thing to do in Kumamoto, and has earned the Certificate of Excellence. It was featured on the 2006 compilation of ‘100 Fine Castles of Japan’ and is a well-known landmark around Kyushu. Not…

Matsumoto Castle: A Must for Castle Lovers!

Depending on different sources and opinions, the ranking of the great castles differ. Apart from Himeji and Kumamoto castle, I personally would recommend Matsumoto Castle (松本城) as one of the “Must Visit” places if you are into castles. Located in Nagano, Matsumoto Castle earned its name as the “Crow castle” because of its elegant black…

Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima: A Beautiful Historic Castle Town

Aizuwakamatsu is one of the beautiful cities located in Fukushima Prefecture. It is an inland valley with heavy snowfall during winter. As a historical place, it was considered to be a castle town during the Edo Period owing to so many old merchant houses and stone houses which stand alongside modern buildings. If you are…

Explore Kumamoto – Day Trip to Uto

“But why are you going to Uto? There’s nothing there!” My Japanese friends were confused about my choice of a day trip location. To them, visiting a small town with almost nothing to do there seemed like a strange concept indeed. But I reminded them that to me, a foreigner, even the most mundane experience…

Ogaki Castle: A must visit for the castle lovers, Gifu prefecture

Often overlooked because of its more famous castle neighbors, this castle is a must-go for history lovers. A flatland castle, Ogaki Castle has as much history as the more famous castles. The History It was built in 1535 by Miyagawa Yasusada and was expanded by Bokuzen Ujie in 1559. One of the three unifiers of…

Hakone Tozan Tetsudo – The Unique Japanese Mountains Train

Time for you to relax You may have experienced one of the world’s fastest trains – the Shinkansen. Why not a different kind oh experience in Japanese train? Sit back, relax and enjoy the Japanese mountain’s train with breathtaking views of nature from its windows. Hakone Tozan Railway the only train that can offer you…

Why, How and When to Visit Kumamoto Castle?

One of the main attractions of Japan is its exquisite and historic castles. Japan is home to many beautiful castles from Hokkaido to Okinawa. One of these lies in Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu island – the Kumamoto Castle. Ranking Kumamoto Castle is considered one of the three most famous castles in Japan together with Nagoya…

13 Must-See UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Visit in Honshu!

Japan is one of the countries with countless sites listed as the world heritage by UNESCO. A world heritage site itself means a place (including mountains, forests, lakes, islands, complexes, monuments and cities) that are listed by UNESCO as those of extraordinary cultural and physical significance. There are about 18 sites in Japan listed as…